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Microsoft to build $3.3B data center in Wisconsin

Microsoft announced a $3.3 billion investment package in Southeast Wisconsin. The investment, to be rolled out by the end of 2026, includes the development of a datacenter campus in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, which is expected to bring 2,300 union construction jobs to the area by 2025 and provide long-term employment opportunities.

Microsoft will establish a manufacturing-focused AI Co-Innovation Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The company is also partnering with Gateway Technical College to build a data center academy to train over 1,000 students in five years. In collaboration with United Way Wisconsin, United Way Racine, and other community partners, Microsoft aims to upskill more than 100,000 people across Wisconsin by 2030 on generative AI.

Microsoft has partnered with National Grid Renewables to build a new 250-megawatt solar project in Wisconsin, set to begin operating in 2027. The new datacenter will use recycled water and a closed-loop cooling system to manage water responsibly.

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